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There must be needs a like proportion
lord's return : for mine own part,
Madam, with all my heart :
Por. My people do already know my mind,
Lor. Fair thoughts and happy hours attend on
Jes. I wish your ladyship all heart's content.
Por. I thank you for your wish, and am well
pleased To wish it back on you : fare you well, Jessica.
[Exeunt Jes. and Lor. Now, Balthazar, As I have ever found thee honest, true, So let me find thee still. Take this same letter, And use thou all the endeavor of a man, In speed to Padua : see thou render this Into my
cousin's hand, doctor Bellario; And, look, what notes and garments he doth give
thee, Bring them, I pray thee, with imagined speed Unto the tranect,1 to the common ferry Which trades to Venice :--waste no time in words, But get thee gone; I shall be there before thee. Bal. Madam, I go with all convenient speed.
Shall they see us ?
prove the prettier fellow of the two,
" A passage-boat.
And speak, between the change of man and boy,
Why, shall we turn to men ?
Laun. Yes, truly :-for, look you, the sins of the father are to be laid upon the children ; therefore, I
1 Jack, in our author's time, was used as a term of con. tempt.
promise you, I fear you. I was always plain with you, and so now I speak my agitation of the matter: therefore be of good cheer ; for, truly, I think, you are damned. There is but one hope in it that can do you any good, and that is but a kind of bastard hope neither. Jes. And what hope is that, I pray
thee? Laun. Marry, you may partly hope that your father got you not, that you are not the Jew's daughter.
Jes. That were a kind of bastard hope, indeed ; so the sins of my mother should be visited upon me.
Laun. Truly then I fear you are damned both by father and mother : thus when I shun Scylla your father, I fall into Charybdis your mother: well, you are gone
Jes. I shall be saved by my husband : he hath made me a Christian.
Laun. Truly, the more to blame he: we were Christians enough before; ev'n as many as could well live, one by another. This making of Christians will raise the price of hogs: if we grow all to be pork-eaters, we shall not shortly have a rasher on the coals for money.
Jes. I'll tell my husband, Launcelot, what you say: here he comes.
Lor. I shall grow jealous of you shortly, Launcelot, if you thus get my wife into corners.
Jes. Nay, you need not fear us, Lorenzo; Launcelot and I are out: he tells me flatly, there is no mercy for me in heaven, because I am a Jew's daughter; and he says, you are no good member of the commonwealth; for, in converting Jews to Christians, you raise the price of pork.
Lor. I shall answer that better to the commonwealth, than you can the getting up of the negro's belly: the Moor is with child by you, Launcelot.
Laun. It is much, that the Moor should be more than reason; but if she be less than an honest woman, she is, indeed, more than I took her for,
Lor. How every fool can play upon the word ! I think, the best grace of wit will shortly turn into silence, and discourse grow commendable in none only but parrots.—Go in, sirrah; bid them prepare for dinner.
Laun. That is done, sir; they have all stomachs.
Lor. Goodly lord, what a wit-snapper are you ! then bid them
dinner. Laun. That is done too, sir; only, cover is the word.
Lor. Will you cover then, sir ?
Lor. Yet more quarrelling with occasion! Wilt thou show the whole wealth of thy wit in an instant? I pray thee, understand a plain man in his plain meaning: go to thy fellows; bid them cover the table, serve in the meat, and we will come in to dinner.
Laun. For the table, sir, it shall be served in;